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Feather's Miscellany: Old Jake

John Waddington-Feather's tale-in-a-poem concerns a sad misunderstanding.

Old Jake went to his doctor, ‘cos he was feeling very grim;
He’d been unwell for many a day, for nothing suited him;
He stayed in bed, was off his food, ate nothing in nigh a week,
Till he went to the surgery, a remedy to seek.
The doctor was a clever chap, and told Jake what was wrong;
He gave to him some medicine which was very, very strong.
“You mustn’t take it every day, but only every other,
For if you do you’ll find yourself in lots and lots of bother.”
To make it clear the doctor said, “Drink it alternate days.
Take some tomorrow, skip a day, then start again next day.”

A month went by then in the town the doctor chanced to see
Jake’s missus shopping by herself, looking sad and dree;
He asked how Jake was faring, if his medicine worked a treat;
“He’s dead!” she said, “and all through skipping daily in the street!”

John Waddington-Feather ©

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